valuing diversity

valuing diversity

“He who is different from me does not impoverish me – he enriches me. Our unity is constituted in something higher than ourselves. For no man seeks to hear his own echo, or to find his reflection in the glass”

Antoine De Saint-Exupery, writer, poet and aviator (1900-1944)

Communities are becoming increasingly diverse and this is reflected in the workforce.

Many teams operate internationally, crossing cultures and encompassing a variety of individuals, in terms of gender, race, religion, age, disability and sexual orientation.

Success in diverse organisations doesn’t happen naturally! Businesses need to be proactive in promoting culture and practices which enable individuals to be valued, respected and motivated and which, in turn, improve effectiveness and efficiency for the organisation and create an organisation founded on integrity and inclusion.

Managing diversity is about valuing differences and, as a result, taking action. Treating people with fairness and respect, according to their differences, allows everyone to be able to reach their own potential. Diversity awareness is different from equal opportunities training because it covers a much wider framework than simply the legislative requirements; it is about understanding and accepting differences between individuals, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability.

The valuing diversity workshop raises awareness to create successful teams – those which recognise and work with difference, for harmonious working and competitive advantage.

Workshops are tailor-made to suit the needs of your organisation.

To address your needs, elements of the workshop include theory and exercises to explore the following:

  • How can understanding diversity affect business performance? Appreciating diversity and differences among the human population and exploring how businesses can benefit.
  • What does discrimination look like? Understanding our expectations of self and others through exploring assumptions, prejudice and stereotyping and how these lead to unfair and unproductive behaviour.
  • What is the effect of stereotyping and discrimination? Are issues of difference ever valid? Identifying and working with our own prejudices.
  • What good practices can we build on? Ways of promoting diversity and encouraging inclusive behaviour through appropriate communication and other business initiatives.

 

 

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